With all the self-help books and overpriced courses, we hear the word ‘procrastionation’ at least few times a day. If you ask me, it’s not nearly as damaging as a lot of people make out procrastination to be, and let me explain why.
I first read about benefits of procrastination in Adam Grant’s book, Originals. In the book, Adam argues and actually proves that procrastination can boost originality. But it doesn’t mean that by sitting on couch every day for a week you’ll come up with something genius. It means that sometimes, taking your mind off particular task and spending it leisurely can be beneficial. But thing is, that you also have to keep your work issue in the back of your head, so your brain can passively brainstorm. I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense, so i recommend reading his book for more detailed and frankly better explanation. But i do also know that whenever i’m stuck at a challenge and can’t seem to find any way around it, taking my mind off that task and doing physical exercise really helps me. I don’t know why, but i’m brainstorming at my best when i’m hiking or in the gym. I don’t have any scientific proof for this, But i think it’s because when focusing on brainstorming for this particular idea, our brain is under a lot of pressure and fails to come up with original ideas. Instead, it reverts back to suggest what has worked before, and it’s in that loop forever.
Very interestingly, i’ve also noticed that whenever i’m away from my computer traveling for a few days, ideas just come flowing into my brain. I think because i work with my PC, and therefore have no work during the travels, my mind kind of starts to miss the mental challenge and starts churning out the ideas to fill that void. I know it might sound insane, but i think that’s how it works. If anyone has any idea or interesting study to share, i’d love to hear your thoughts in comments.